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Effect of Gravitational Context on EEG Dynamics: A Study of Spatial Cognition, Novelty Processing and Sensorimotor Integration (Neurospat)
Principal Investigators
Research Area:
Behavior and performance
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Homo sapiens Species: Human

This experiment involves recording of the electroencephalographic activity of the brain (EEG dynamics) and event related potentials (ERP) during the performance of a visual-orientation perception and visuo-motor tracking task that humans and astronauts may encounter on a daily basis. Within the experiment, five cognitive processes (Perception, Attention, Memorization, Decision and Action) were studied. The stimulus set also contained task-irrelevant novel visual stimuli to allow assessment of electrophysiological correlates of novelty processing. Psychophysical analyses were measured during these tasks. EEG and ERP recordings were also collected to allow the evaluation of the arousal levels of the subjects. In addition to conventional spectral analysis, EEG were quantified with maps of linear and nonlinear complexity. As the novel conditions of microgravity accompanied by a multitude of stressors may place an increased load on the cognitive capacity of the human brain, it was hypothesized that sensory signals and motor responses must be processed and interpreted in a new reference frame.

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Brain waves
Cerebral cortex
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Data Information
Data Availability
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Electrocephalogram (ECG)
Electromyogram (EMG)
Eletroencephalogram (EEG)
Event related potentials (ERP)
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Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
Expedition 19 03/26/2009 10/11/2009 199 days
Expedition 20 05/27/2009 10/11/2009 137 days
Expedition 21 10/11/2009 12/01/2009 51 days
Expedition 26 11/26/2010 03/16/2011 111 days
Expedition 27 03/14/2011 05/23/2011 70 days
Expedition 29 09/16/2011 11/21/2011 40 days
Expedition 30 11/14/2011 04/27/2012 166 days
Expedition 31 04/27/2012 07/01/2012 65 days
Expedition 32 07/01/2012 09/16/2012 78 days
Expedition 34 11/18/2012 03/15/2013 117 days

Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Johnson Space Center LSDA Office
Project Manager: Jessica Keune
Institutional Support
European Space Agency (ESA)